About the Role
Who sets the standards, to ensure that anything that can be measured is done so with consistency and reliability? We do. Through our vital research, the National Physical Laboratory is helping support scientific and commercial innovations, international trade, environmental protection and health and wellbeing. And we’re finding more ways than ever in which to put our products and services to good use. As our Contract Manager, you’ll help us maximise income by managing and safeguarding our commercial interests. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.

As part of the legal team at NPL you will be supporting all areas of the business and will be involved in the negotiation of a wide range of commercial contracts and collaborations. NPL works with companies in a number of cutting edge industries and are at the forefront of pioneering science in the UK. You will develop strong relationship with key stakeholders, both internal and external, and will need to be reactive to live issues as they develop.

Responsibilities include:

  • Draft, negotiate and advise on a wide variety of commercial and collaborative agreements.
  • Provide support to the business on any legal or compliance matters including supporting colleagues/teams throughout the organisation.
  • Develop and manage relationships with a variety of stakeholders in addition to scientists including the finance, procurement, project management, strategic business development and commercial functions.
About You

You will be pragmatic,  commercially-minded and keen to work in an exciting and ever-changing environment. You will be a team player, quick learner and be used to managing and prioritizing a varied workload. This role would suit an LPC graduate with subsequent commercial experience or a newly qualified lawyer with some in house experience.  

Skills and Experience required

  • LPC graduate or qualified solicitor.
  • Highly organised and efficient to enable management of large and varied workload.
  • Ability to plan ahead and deliver on targets and deadlines.
  • Effective and clear communicator.
  • A background working within tech, pharma or defence would be helpful but not essential.
Please note:  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.
About The Company

NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and BAME candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.